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Flashes of inspiration come as symbols

Identifier

004192

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Dr Shafica Karagulla, born in the Lebanon but whose research took her to the USA and the UK,  was a neuro-psychiatrist who spent eight years researching ordinary people who appeared to have extraordinary abilities.  She started off being a skeptic as most scientists are [including me] but over time the evidence seemed overwhelming and she set up a research project to find out more.  What brought her into the area was a book about Edgar Cayce, what kept her going was an open mind and an insatiable curiosity.  Where she is remarkable is that she had no experiences of her own to confirm her eventual conclusions,  but like all the very best scientists forgot her own life and concentrated on the observations and evidence.

Her research subjects were carefully chosen.  She rejected all those who claimed they had these abilities but instead by a laborious process of enquiry and referral managed to find those who carried on normal professions and who never talked about their abilities but just used them. 

A description of the experience

Breakthrough to Creativity – Dr Shafica Karagulla

At times when Paul is working on some project or concerned about some perspnal problem, geometrical patterns and symbols flash into his mind. These patterns or symbols are accompanied by a whole body of ideas and concepts which in an instant explain and clarify the problem which he had had on his mind. He calls it symbol-thinking. This particular experience of Paul's is interesting because a number of other people have described a similar experience.

Paul is a quiet individual who has learned to say little and who very wisely says nothing about his HSP abilities to his friends and colleagues. It took some time to get him to discuss these things with me. He makes a definite effort to fit himself into the accepted pattern of activity because he does not want to be singled out as being "different."

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Science Items

Symbol system

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Commonsteps

References